This information is for candidates who have been accepted into the CDE program and whose funding is secured. To help make the most of the CDE experience, please review all the material below with care, as there is much to absorb. In addition, be sure to review and become familiar with the entire website. Various aspects of the program are explained in detail, and the hope is that candidates will know what to expect from the program before arriving in Williamstown. The links are intended to help negotiate the site and to show the available resources and important information necessary to get started at the CDE.
- Required Health Forms: Instructions from the Williams Health Center will be sent to you directly.
- Visas: The DS-2019 form, Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor Status, must be presented at a U.S. Embassy, Visa Section, though it does not guarantee issuance of a visa. Also required are proof of funding, adequate medical and repatriation insurance, a receipt of the required visa fee, and return air ticket. Appointments may be necessary. The DS-2019 will be issued by the CDE once written proof of funding has been received at the CDE. In some cases, the financial sponsor will issue the DS-2019 form directly to you.
- Medical Insurance: The U.S. Government requires that all J-1 Exchange Visitors and J-2 Family members be covered by minimum standard medical and repatriation insurance prior to their arrival in the U.S. If you are not covered by acceptable medical insurance through your employer or sponsor, or we are not notified that such other insurance is in effect, you will be enrolled in the Williams College policy, which meets the government’s minimum standard.
- Cost Estimates: Sponsors will generally be billed by Williams College according to arrangements that have been made. Students will receive monthly bills for: room, partial board, reading packets, and incidental charges.
- What to bring: If possible, get advice from former CDE students about what to bring. Pack lightly! Everyone accumulates a lot during the year, academic and otherwise, and most fellows have a difficult time fitting everything into their luggage when they leave. Consider arriving with extra space in your luggage. As a general guideline for clothing, remember that the weather runs from very warm to very, very cold during the year. However, winter clothing is available as many prior students have left clothing behind for future students, and modestly priced clothing is available locally. You may wish to bring some small photos or other reminders of home, or some key element of your national dress for Intercultural Night.